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Top call at Friday’s Kelso tup sales was a £12,000 bid for a Texel from Peter and Lynn Gray, Galston. It sold to Angus Kennedy, Mitchelhill and the Carruther family, Silloan.
Next best was a Bluefaced Leicster at £10,000. This one was from first time Kelso vendors John and George Browell, Hexham. Their champion from the pre-sale show is by a Firth tup and sold to John Kerr, Maybole.
Then at £8000 was the best Suffolk of the day from Robbie Wilson, Turriff. This was a son of Strahbeg Stan the Man and sold to Niall Walsh Co Laois, Eire.
Shearling averages; 57 Beltex £573.86, four Berrichon du Cher £430, 517 Bluefaced Leicester £677.21, 44 Border Leicester £599.09, 238 Charollais £446.34, four Dutch Texel £510, 17 Hampshire Down £304.71, 68 Lleyn £434.41, 10 Bleu du Maine £455, 66 North Country Cheviot £422.42, 10 Oxford Down £249, 499 Suffolk £569.50, 1187 Texel £608.58, six Vendeen £511.67.
Lamb averages; three Beltex £840, nine Berrrichon du Cher £283.33, 23 Bluefaced Leicester £517.39, 44 Charollais £371.82, 328 Suffolk £477.61, 91 Texel £373.63.
That’s all I’ve got for now, but more will hopefully follow later….
A top call of 62,000gns was the highlight of last Friday’s sale of Suffolk tups at Edinburgh and with just four sales at 10,000gns and above it certainly wasn’t the highly charged sale seen in previous year’s at the venue.
Leading the sale was Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock, Aberdeenshire, with an ET bred son of Cairness Just the Best out of a Whitestone ewe which is dam to Mr Douglas’ stock sire Whitestone Warrior. This one is an ET brother to Mr Douglas’ 20,000gns sale topper at the breed’s Shrewsbury sale just week earlier, he sold to Iain and Judith Barbour for their Solwaybank and Ewebank flocks, respectively.
And Mr Douglas also took the next best call of the day a 20,000gns sale for a Cairness Golddust son. This one is out of a dam by Langside Lightening which is full sister to the stock tup Cairness Just The Best. He was bought by Harry Stewart, Northern Ireland, for his Castlewellan flock which is to be dispersed later this year. Then at 12,000gns was the best from Angus Wilson, Melrose. This was a Glenhead Black Diamond son out of a dam by Glenhead Glaramara which is full sister to 5000gns Glenhead Impreza. This one sold to Robbie Wilson for his Strathisla flock.
At 10,000gns was the champion from the pre-sale show a Strathbeg Stan The Man son out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway which has bred sons to 15,000gns. This one was from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock, Turriff, Aberdeenshire and sold to the Mair family and Neil Benzie, both Aberdeenshire.
At 8000gns was the best from Eire-based breeders Tom and Jeff Bailey, a son on Cairness New Approach. This one is out a dam by Rhaeadr Rossi and goes back to Boreland Buddah on his dam’s side and sold to Myfyr Evans for his Rhaedr flock, Wales.
Also at this money was Judith Barbour’s top priced lamb, a son of her brother Iain’s sale topper from last year, Solwaybank Special One. This one is out of a full sister to Miss Barbour’s succesful show ewe from 2006, a Glenisla Grimaldi daughter which goes back to Muiresk Marci Marvellous and was taken home by Gerry Killilea, County Galway, Eire.
Following closely behind at 7500gns was another from the Bailey’s pen. This Cairness Kanine son is out of a dam by Cairness Thunder which goes back to the well known sire Stockton Almighty and also goes back to a Findowrie ewe, he was also bought by Mr Evans, Rhaeadr.
A brace then sold at 7000gns, with the both coming from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla entry. First up was a Lakeview Leeroy son out of a dam by Strathisla Shirrocco which is full ET sister to the top breeding sire Strathisla Schumacherwhich and goes back to a ewe bred in the late Gordon Wilson’s Glenisla flock. He was snapped up by John Christie for his West Carse flock, Stirling.
THERE was a top price of 32,000gns, a 70 per cent clearance and an average of £2,407 for 159 sold at the first Suffolk Sheep Society sale of the season held at Ingliston, Edinburgh.
Leading the trade was a ram lamb from the Solwaybank flock owned by 28-year-old Iain Barbour, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway. The ram is by Baileys Bugatti, out of a ewe by Glenhead Grandmaster and grand dam by Glenisla Grimaldi.
The buyer was Tom and Jeff Bailey, Co. Meath, Eire, and late in the sale Iain Barbour returned the compliment paying 5,000gns for a Baileys ram lamb by Rhaeadr Rossi.
Mr Barbour led a string of new and younger vendors, including Gary Beacom, Kesh, Co. Fermanagh, who achieved 15,000gns for his ram by Shannagh Shergar, out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway, jointly purchased by Brydon Nicholson, Innfield, Shetland and Robbie Wilson, Turiff, Aberdeenshire.
Selling three rams each Mr Barbour and Mr Beacom netted the highest averages, of £11,585 and £6,020, respectively, while Robbie Wilson nipped in a close third, averaging £5,973 on a powerful team of ten.
Mr Wilson sold two of the six five-figure rams sold. Firstly the show champion – this year’s Royal Highland breed champion, a ram lamb by Strathisla Speed, out of a ewe by Glenho Gurkha with grand dam by Glenisla Godfather.
The hammer fell at 25,000gns to Alfred and Norman Robinson, Benrafton, Co. Down. Mr Wilson sold a second Speed lamb, this time out of a dam by Bawnogue Blazing Star for 10,000gns to G. Stuart, Birness, and R.H. Black, Collesie, Fife.
Fourth on the averages and third highest price – 20,000gns – went to Jimmy Douglas, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, when Belgian buyer Claude Vanwijnsberghe, Waregem, used a strong euro to secure Douglas’ first in ring, a ram by Cairness Renovator, out of a dam by Stockton Stardust and grand dam by Fordafourie Lochnagar.
With the largest consignment of the day Mr Douglas averaged £4,625 on 11 sold, including two selling at 7,000gns.
The sale’s sixth five-figure ram selling at 11,000gns was from Myfyr Evans, Llanrhaeadr, Denbighshire.
His consignment of five also picked up the red ribbon in the pen of three class.
The 11,000gns ram was by Thurston Calzaghe and out of a dam by Plasllewelyn Prince of Wales and sold to father and daughter, Chris and Sally Holmes, Broadway, Worcestershire.
Also out of the pen of three came another ram by Calzaghe, realising 5,000gns selling to J.K. Teare, Isle of Man, while Hazel Martindale of Landale, Lockerbie, took home Evans’ fourth prize ram lamb, by Baileys Blockbuster for 8,000gns.
The pace of the sale was set when two lots from the first consignment in the ring from C.A. Proctor and Co, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, took 5,000gns each. This was for a Strathisla Schumacher lamb purchased by Herbert Stanley, Bawnogue, Co. Laois and a lamb by Deveronside Whistleblower bought by S. and M. Liggett, Carony, Co. Tyrone.
A second prize ram lamb from George Stuart’s Birness flock, Ellon, Aberdeenshire made 7,000gns. The ram by Castlewellan Eyecatcher was snapped up by John Campbell, Thrunton, Northumberland.
Auctioneers: United Auctions.
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Winning pen of three
20000gns ram from J Douglas
A seventy per cent clearance and average of £2,407 on 159 sold, sealed the success of the first Suffolk Sheep sale of the season, despite Bluetongue movement restrictions which barred many of vendors and buyers in protection zones from participating.
Iain Barbour with the top price 32,000gns – selling shares to Tom Bailey, Co Meath and Judith Barbour
Robbie Wilson, Strathisla, Aberdeenshire, dominated proceedings selling two of the six five figure rams sold: Namely his show champion – this year’s Royal Highland breed champion, a ram lamb by Strathisla Speed, out of a ewe by Glenho Gurkha with grand dam by Glenisla Godfather. This netted him 25,000gns paid by Alfred and Norman Robinson, of Benrafton, Co Down, NI. Wilson sold a second Speed lamb, this time out of a dam by Bawnogue Blazing Star and part of the fifth prize pen, for 10,000gns to G Stuart, Birness, and R H Black, Collesie, Fife.
The pace of the sale was set when two lots from the first consignment in the ring, C A Proctor and Co of Conveth, Aberdeenshire, took 5,000gns each. This was for a Strathisla Schumacher lamb purchased by Herbert Stanley, Bawnogue, Co Laois and a lamb by Deveronside Whistleblower bought by S and M Liggett, Carony, Co Tyrone, NI.
Iain Barbour with the top price 32,000gns selling shares
Iain led a string of victorious new and younger vendors, including Gary Beacom, of Lakeview, Co Fermanagh, NI, who achieved 15,000gns for his ram by Shannagh Shergar, out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway, jointly purchased by Brydon Nicholson, Innfield, Shetland and Robbie Wilson. Also Northern Ireland’s Mark Priestley of Limestone notched up 7,500gns for a lamb by Cairness Destiny, out of a ewe by Castlewellan Tonto. The ram was supreme champion at Saintfield Show and East Down Male of the year, NI.
Selling three rams each Barbour and Beacom netted the highest averages, of £11,585 and £6,020, respectively, while Robbie nipped in a close third averaging £5,973 on a powerful team of ten.
Fourth on the averages and third highest price – 20,000gns – went to Jimmy Douglas, of Cairness when Belgium buyer Claude Vanwijnsberghe, of Meierie used a strong euro to secure Douglas’ first in ring, a ram by Cairness Renovator, out of a dam by Stockton Stardust and grand dam by Fordafourie Lochnagar. With the largest consignment of the day, Douglas averaged £4,625 on 11 sold, including two selling at 7,000gns: A Muiresk King of Diamonds lamb out of his fourth prize pen went to County Turf, Scunthorpe, with a half share retained by Douglas; and a lamb by Whitestone Warrior, jointly purchased by Harry Sleigh, Wells, Aberdeenshire and Gordon Troup, Whitestone, Aberdeenshire. Cairnesses seventh prize lamb yielded 2,000gns to Gray and Sons of Langside, Lanark.
The sale’s sixth five figure ram went to Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, North Wales – his consignment of nine had already picked up red colours in the pen of three – attracting significant attention. It was father and daughter, Chris and Sally Holmes, Rookery, Worcestershire who bid 11,000gns for a ram by Thurston Calzaghe out of a dam by Plasllewelyn Prince of Wales. Also out of the pen of three came another ram by Calzaghe realising 5000gns ram to J K Teare, Isle of Man, while Hazel Martindale of Landale, Lockerbie, took home Evans’ fourth prize ram lamb, by Baileys Blockbuster for 8,000gns..
Reserve champion and first prize in the MLC class went to William and Stephanie Tait’s, of Co Tyrone, NI, Burnview. The ram by Baileys Invincible was another travelling to Worcestershire, purchased by rshire, purchased by Paul Fletcher of Callow who paid 3,000gns. The Taits top price was a joint purchase of 4,000gns shared by R & R Scott, Drumpark, Banffshire and Gordon Mackie, Drimmie. The couple’s reserve pen of three including two Invincible rams and one by Burnview Beamer, yielded 2,500gns, 1,800 and 1000gns.
Other prize cards that made an impact in the sale ring were: Second prize ram lamb and reserve northern champion George Stuart’s, Birness ram by Castlewellan Eyecatcher was snapped up by John Campbell, Thrunton, Northumberland, for 7,000gns, while sixth prize from K & L Mair, Deveronside, Aberdeenshire, stayed in the county going to J Young of Muirton, for 5,000gns. Eighth prize ram lamb, presented by James Young, sold to Lilburn Estates for 5,000gns; County Turf, Scunthorpe, ninth prize lamb, 4,000gns to Helen Goldie, Harpercroft, Ayrshire.
Show judge, Viv Samuels of Herefordshire, praised classes of up to 47 entries: “It has been good to judge modern carcases which are well fleshed – what today’s meat trade needs, while retaining breed characteristics.”
Auctioneer, David Leggatt of UA commented: “Numbers forward were affected by Bluetongue; nevertheless we are very pleased to achieve a 70% sale rate, against a backdrop of healthy bidding. Also it was good to see so many youngsters getting their first taste of real success.
Society Chairman, Michael Weaver, adds: “Considering the uncertainty of bluetongue zones we are very pleased, it has been a more level trade without the major peaks – that would be a good thing for breeders as a whole. Despite the restrictions only ten less lambs were sold than last year and overall average was on a par with 2006 and back a bit on 2007. What was really good was to see so many youngsters enjoying success.”
I Barbour, Solwaybank, £11,585 3; G Beacom, Lakeview, NI, £6,020 (3); R H Wilson, Strathisla, £5,973 (9); J G Douglas, £4,625 (11); Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, £3,974 (9); K & L Mair, Deveronside, Aberdeenshire, £2,538 (4); Proctor & Co, Conveth, £2,336 (8); S & W Tait, Burnview, £2,293 (6); T & J Bailey, Baileys, Co Meath, Eire, £2,152 (4); J H Stewart, Castlewellan, Co Down, £1,720 (5); Angus O Wilson, Glenhead, Roxburghshire, £1,645 (6); George Stuart, Birness, Aberdeenshire, £1,516 (8); J H Christie, Westcarse, Stirlingshire, £1,418 (6); J & A Howie, Hillend, Lanarkshire, £1,391 (4); Gordon Mackie, Drimme, Angus, £1,050, (4).
Ram Lamb (MLC) 1, S & W Tait, Burnview, NI; 2, K & L Mair, Deveronside; 3, Thomas Darling, Howeburn, Berwickshire; 4, J M Stewart, Gransha, Co Down, NI; 5, J & A Howie, Hillend, Lanarkshire; 6, P Machray, Middlemuir, Aberdeenshire.
Open Ram Lamb 1, R H Wilson, Strathisla, 2, G L Stuart, Birness, 3, W & S Tait, Burnview; 4, Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr; 5 T & J Bailey, Baileys; 6 K & L Mair, Deveronside; 7, J G Douglas, Cairness; 8 James Young, Muirton, 9 County Turf, Hazeltree; 10, H
P Sleigh & Son, Wells.
Pen of three 1, Myfyr Evans; 2, S & W Tait; 3, G Mackie, Drimme, Angus; 4, J G Douglas; 5, R H Wilson; 6, G L Stuart, Birness.
Champion R H Wilson; Reserve, S & W Tait.
Northern champion R H Wilson, Reserve, G L Stuart.
Crest of a Wave for Strathisla Suffolk Carcase Quality
Carcase quality is the driver behind one of the most successful Suffolk flocks in recent years, fourth time winner of the Society National flock competition, Robbie Wilson told more than 200 visitors at the champion’s view day at North Dorlaithers, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
The win rounds up another flying year for Strathisla, who took the top price both at Edinburgh and the National, of 48,000gns and 10,000gns respectively.
“Carcase is my number one priority, I never look at the pedigree until I’ve looked at the carcase,” he told the visitors that had travelled the length and breadth of the Society’s province, the UK and Eire, last week (November 1). He said that carcase is first second and third priority, you only have to watch the bulls in Perth to know – it’s the ones with the big back ends that make the most.”Crest of a Wave for Strathisla Suffolk Carcase Quality